My Favorite Books (Print) in 2013

Top print books I read in 2013 with descriptions in 10 words or less. In the order I encountered them throughout the year. (Audio books will have a separate post.) Take Five with Pope Benedict by Mike Aquilina and Kris Stubna Wonderful daily resource that refocused me on what really matters. (My review here.) Watch [Read More...]

The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle My rating: 5 of 5 stars Strangely enough, I wound up listening to this apocalyptic book while wrapping gifts. Talk about making me grateful for Christmas with my family! This review is from SFFaudio whence came the review book. Needless to say (I hope), this is my uninfluenced opinion.  What would [Read More...]

Come Tell Me How You Live – Agatha Christie

I wrote this little review a while back but since I’m rereading it and just recommended it to someone, I thought I’d better share again. It is also unexpectedly funny. I laugh out loud and read bits of it to my husband. Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan My rating: 5 [Read More...]

Hard Magic by Larry Correia

Hard Magic by Larry Correia My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jake Sullivan is a war hero, a private eye — and an ex-con. He’s free because he has a magical talent and the Feds need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical abilities. … Jake found out that not only have the [Read More...]

“Sophie Wonders” Children’s Books about the Sacraments

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Last year, my best friend was the catechist for my daughter’s 2nd grade religious education class, and I had the chance to see an awesome teacher at work. This friend of mine doesn’t consider herself a great teacher, but I’m here to tell you that I’m on the campaign trail to bring her back into [Read More...]

Saints of Christmas Set from Liguori

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Don’t you just love books of saints? I’ll admit it: I’m a saint book junkie. And, as it turns out, so is my eight-year-old. When she saw the pile of books from Liguori’s new Saints of Christmas set, which is part of their Saints and Me! series, it was all I could to do restrain [Read More...]

How Far Is It to Bethlehem (Review & Recommendation)


In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a year late with my review of this book. Do NOT read that as any sort of dis on this book, because it is wonderfully done and a worthwhile addition to your family library. Nancy Brown has a passion for all things Chesterton, and she has inspired the same [Read More...]

Review: The Catechism of Hockey

Metaphors regarding the Church and sports are nothing new. St. Paul certainly used them and there are intersections with sports and the practice of the faith that make them useful. So I was interested when I saw a new book called The Catechism of Hockey by Alyssa Bormes. That it had a forward by Dale [Read More...]

Review: Voyage to Alpha Centaur by Michael O’Brien

In Michael O’Brien’s new book Voyage to Alpha Centauri he enters the genre of Science Fiction. This book is both in some ways totally different from his previous books and very similar. All the themes he explores are present in this story. Elements present in his “Children of the Last Day” series are especially present [Read More...]

The Twits, The Minpins & The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

The Twits, The Minpins & The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl My rating: 4 of 5 stars Although I have enjoyed many of the movies made from Roald Dahl’s books (most notably James and the Giant Peach) I cannot recall reading any of his books except Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was … fine [Read More...]